ICU 2017 Spring Matriculation Ceremony
Update: April 3, 2017
On April 1, ICU welcomed over 680 new undergraduate and graduate students, including exchange students from partnership schools, at the Matriculation ceremony held in the University Chapel. According to the tradition which has been kept since the founding of ICU, the students were announced individually and they sweared the "Student Pledge" to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In her address, President Junko Hibiya mentioned the history of ICU. "Today, I have shared with you the history of ICU. This institution was created through good will of countless people. Entering such a school, you are urged to meet the expectations and prayers of those who contributed to its founding. The next few years will be period in which you will, undoubtedly, give serious thought to what you personally should do to realize a world where everyone's dignity and rights are respected and in which human beings act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Always remember that, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Discover your own calling through your studies, through extracurricular activities and in fellowship with friends, faculty and staff on this campus. May the years ahead of you be fruitful."
Proceedingly, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kakutaro Kitashiro, included the following words of encouragement in his greeting: "Learning that simply absorbs past knowledge cannot open up the future. People who have studied a wide variety of fields in the natural sciences and humanities and deepened their knowledge of their major field of study, and who possess the abilities to judge for themselves what is right, to create something new, to understand diversity, and to communicate, are being sought. Literally, people who have studied the liberal arts at ICU are needed. I would like you to discover a path that harnesses your talent through your learning at ICU. "